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Date Posted: 05:56:50 08/31/09 Mon
Author: ChrissieLinnit
Author Host/IP: 86.151.69.112
Subject: Those pens AND cases are beautiful! A multi-talented Toothy....
In reply to: toothy 's message, "right back at ya" on 20:04:57 08/30/09 Sun

... but we already knew that!

I first though, "Blimey, from writing with a pen to making one? That's what I call a BIG shift in direction." But then I read your 'About' page on the site and it fell into place beautifully.

The writing makes sense too. They're both artistic talents, aren't they?

So frustrating for me because I don't have an artistic bone in my body. I appreciate art in all of it's forms. More so because I cannot emulate it and create original art myself. But that doesn't mean I don't envy you arty types like billy-o!

Since leaving the fandom I've undergone a massive lifestyle and career change and now I no longer commute to the Big City and dabble in commerce (maybe THAT'S why there's a Global Recession - they miss me!!!!!!), instead I've become a teacher *pauses for dramatic effect*

In 2005 I had a pretty serious stroke which left me recuperating for over a year. Then at Christmastime in 2007 miniLinnit suddenly fell into a coma one day. He was rushed into hospital and we discovered his adrenal glands had diseased and ceased to function, totally. This is Addison's Disease. His is the most serious form and although he is stabilised now with lifetime medication he is still liable to fall into Addisonian Crisis (coma). This was my impetus to change my life. I stopped working for a while to care for him... but nine months agominiLinnit told me he didn't need a 24/7 shadow and so I decided to use my business talents/skills for the benefit of the local community. That meant either getting into local politics or offering my services to the local schools. Thank heaven the local high school dragged me on board. I get to tutor two groups of 15-16 year old students each academic year. One group is gifted and talented and the other is a smaller group of disenfranchised *insert troublemakers here* teenagers who are close to falling though the system and becoming criminals or unemployed and unemployable. I'm so enjoying it...

Not quite the gentle artistry I see on your site, but I do now feel as though I'm using my 'art' and making a small difference in a small community. Hey! I've even found one boy who does manga art and has drawn Spike for me! Bonus!

I came back here during Summer Recess, and hope to keep popping back now. Drag back some old friends, make some new ones.

Chrissie

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[> [> [> [> [> RJA is still around somewhere -- toothy, 22:48:15 08/31/09 Mon [1] (98.88.213.60)

Maybe we can get Kashy to get him to stop by to say Hi.

I'm afraid trying to get this place going is a lost cause. Like trying to stop a receeding tide, but every once and awhile, when the stars a line during a full moon, the tide comes back in, if only for moment.


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